Here’s to the start of something new.
I’ve been running since fall of 2015. From then to now I have completed a 1/2 Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio, and El Chupacabra de San Antonio 10k. The latter is an incredibly fun night time trail run at a local park. It’s in July, but the time of day makes the heat bearable. Last year I ran El Chup with 3 friends. I ended 51 out of 170 overall and 8th in my age group(25-29.) Considering that it was my first organized race, I was pretty pleased with the results. I was especially pleased because about 150 yards in I deviated from the worn path to pass someone and had a stick go through my shoe. It killed my time. I was hoping to stay close to a friend who ended up placing 5th overall. I feel that I would’ve had a much better chance, had I not experienced that unfortunate event. I had to stop, remove my shoe, remove the stick, get the shoe back on my foot (which always seems impossible when you’re doing it in a hurry,) and catch back up. It didn’t happen. My foot hurt quite a bit and my morale was shot.
I remember coming up one particularly steep incline of rock about 4 miles in and a girl ran past me but gave some strong words of encouragement. The running community is an extremely supportive one. Nevertheless, that race was the start of something big for me. The feeling of crossing the finish line (1:07:00) was an incredible one, and I loved the vibe of community and competition that I felt that day. El Chup 2017 is just a few weeks away (July 21st) and I’ll be back at the starting line feeling better prepared, more acquainted with the course, better protected due to trail shoes, and excited because I am bringing, even more, friends to run. I’m also planning on making a push to place higher in my age group and maybe set a 10k PR (currently 57:21.)
I plan on keeping this blog up to date as I work through this month and beyond. I’ll post about my experience at 2016’s RnRSA soon. I am already signed up for 2017 RnR and plan on being better prepared when I get to the starting line. I’m not a professional (obviously) but I do have a strong passion for running. Running helped me navigate a dark time in my life and through it all I have come to realize that there is a feeling that comes from hard work and dedication that cannot be felt any other way. I have stumbled a bit along the way and have had to get to know my body on a different level, but I am excited to share the journey with whoever may read this. Mostly, I’m writing it down for myself.
I’ll come back soon to talk RnR and what the first half of 2017 was like.